2013: Week Fourteen: How Fragile We Are

This week was unusual in all sorts of personal ways, but on the publication front, things soldiered on… mostly. Apart from Wednesday, which was my first freelancer “sick day”… I think… ever.
My stint of guest contributions to Gizmodo came to an end with a flurry of articles covering everthing from plastic tat to facebook phones:
Aussies Still Leading The World In Game Of Thrones Piracy
If nothing else, this proved to me that the “reasonable price” argument is largely a furphy.
Hack Your Own Doctor Who Wi-Fi
Click the symbols. What could possibly happen?
Why Isn’t There More Tech In Showbags?
I went to the Royal Easter show, but instead of Ferris wheels and Chips On A Stick (yes, really), I sought out technology.
Smartphone Innovation Is Dead
Mid-range phones are making a lot of money, it seems.
Why Does Facebook Want Into Your Home?
Zuckerberg may have a friendly smile, but he’s not that altruistic.
What If Calvin And Hobbes Was… Gritty?
Then it would be AWESOME.
Thank Giz It’s Friday: Avoiding Cat-astrophe
Because CATS. And if that’s not enough of a reason for you, then that’s your problem.
At Hydrapinion, I continued my month long love/hate affair with the Z10.
A Month With A Blackberry: Blackberry Jam
Messaging is a core Blackberry strength, so they say. My Z10 wasn’t feeling hefty.
At ABC’s Technology+Games portal, another examination of the Facebook Home app and HTC First phone
Facebook wants into your Home via your handset
In which I talk Facebook, Wrestlemania and why I’m not seeking out lonely single older women.
Based on a brief radio interview this morning with Fox FM in Melbourne, I suspect soundgrabs of me talking Facebook Home may have been in play at some point, but not being based in Melbourne, I’m not entirely sure when.
It’s been a while since I’ve appeared at CNET Australia, but this week saw me pop up with a printer review:
Kyocera FS-1325MFP
Kyocera’s entry-level MFP provides good quality, rapid output, although we do wish that the print output tray had been designed a little better.
And then a whole bunch of mobile broadband devices, based off more than 100 speed tests across two states and six locations.
Vodafone Pocket WiFi Extreme
Vodafone’s offering is cheap, but inconsistent network performance issues are still a problem, making this less extreme than its name implies.
Telstra Mobile Wi-Fi 4G
The business-centric, post-paid Telstra Wi-Fi 4G hotspot offers speed across a wide range of areas in Australia, but it’s not the best value around.
Optus E589 Mini WiFi Modem
If you’re within Optus’ 4G coverage zones, it’s possible to achieve some blinding speeds at quite reasonable prices, although the coverage maps aren’t as extensive as we’d like.
Optus E5331 Mini WiFi Modem
Optus’ budget Wi-Fi modem won’t give you exceptional speeds or indeed any kind of exceptional experience, but it equally won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Telstra Pre-Paid 3G USB + Wi-Fi
The clever Telstra Pre-Paid 3G USB+Wi-Fi offers Wi-Fi sharing from a single USB modem. We’re just left fervently wishing it was a 4G device.

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